Ecosystems

Articles on ecosystems

  1. Environment

    Busy beavers may be speeding thaw of Arctic permafrost

    As climate change continues, busy beavers are expanding their range in Alaska. Their dams could further speed the loss of permafrost there and promote local warming.

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  2. Ecosystems

    Scientists Say: Deforestation

    Trees slurp up carbon dioxide and help keep our planet cool. But deforestation cuts those trees down in large numbers.

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  3. Earth

    On an Alaskan glacier, little green moss balls roll in herds

    Oval balls of moss, nicknamed ‘glacier mice,’ roll across some glaciers. A new study explores the mysteries behind their herd-like motion.

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  4. Ecosystems

    Let’s learn about coral reefs

    Coral reefs are home to many important species. But climate change is stressing corals to the max.

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  5. Ecosystems

    Pooping ducks can shed the live eggs of fish

    Some carp eggs survived and even hatched after being pooped by a duck. This may help explain how invasive fish reach isolated waterways.

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  6. Ecosystems

    Scientists Say: Prairie

    Prairies are flat, fertile grasslands in North America. They are their own unique ecosystem.

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  7. Oceans

    Going bright may help corals recover from bleaching

    When some corals bleach, they turn neon colors. Flashy hues may be part of a response that helps these corals recover and reunite with their algae.

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  8. Animals

    When prey get scarce, these jellies become cannibals

    Invasive comb jellies may feast on their larvae if massive population booms in summer deplete their prey.

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  9. Environment

    Pesticides can have long-term impact on bumblebee learning

    Pesticide-laced nectar and pollen can permanently harm the brains of baby bumblebees.

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  10. Microbes

    Check out the communities of bacteria living on your tongue

    Bacteria scraped off the tongue offer a window into how the microbes structure their communities.

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  11. Animals

    Let’s learn about the creepy crawlies in your home

    From ants to spiders to crickets to bed bugs — a whole host of insects and other arthropods may be hanging out with you at home.

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  12. Animals

    How an encounter with this odd-looking bird inspired a career

    Kevin Burgio overcame many hardships to become a scientist. Now he studies how animals like the Carolina parakeet and Tasmanian tiger went extinct.

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